“Orange Is the New Black” and “Star Trek: Voyager” star Kate Mulgrew.
Irish American Writers & Artists, Inc. has announced that Kate Mulgrew will receive the nonprofit organization’s 2020 annual Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award in a virtual ceremony on Dec. 7.
An actress who had the lead role in the television series “Ryan’s Hope” early in her career went on to roles in film and theater, but is perhaps best known as the first “Star Trek” captain, Admiral Kathryn Janeway, and as Galina “Red” Reznikov in the Netflix hit “Orange Is The New Black,” for which she received an Emmy nomination, a Critics’ Choice Television Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
Mulgrew has also published two memoirs, “Born With Teeth” and “How To Forget: A Daughter’s Memoir.”
Maria Deasy, president of the Irish American Writers & Artists, said, “Kate Mulgrew is one of those gifted actresses whose strength and intelligence reveal themselves in equal measure in the roles she plays. As an actress and an artist, I find her commitment to her talent and the honesty of her two memoirs deeply moving and inspiring.”
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The IAW&A’s First Virtual O’Neill will feature tributes from Mulgrew’s colleagues, musical performances, a fund-raising auction and surprise guests.
IAW&A’s award is named for the only native New Yorker to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. It has traditionally been presented at Rosie O’Grady’s near where Eugene O’Neill was born in a hotel on Oct. 16, 1888.
The previous recipients are: Peter Quinn, Joanie Madden, Phil Donahue, Malachy McCourt, Patricia Harty, Pete Hamill, John Patrick Shanley, Judy Collins, Charlotte Moore and Ciarán O’Reilly of the Irish Repertory Theatre, Brian Dennehy and William Kennedy.
“That’s quite a cast,” said Mulgrew, of the O’Neill Award roster. “I’d be very honored to join them.”
Tickets are available now through Eventbrite here.